Environmental Benefits: Links for Students

Mangrove forests 'can reduce impact of tsunamis'

This newspaper-style article talks about the importance of mangrove forests in protecting the shorelines during a tsunami.
http://www.scidev.net/en/news/
mangrove-forests-can-reduce-impact-of-tsunamis.html


Features: A Bit of History

What Are Mangroves?

People living along the south Florida coasts benefit in many ways from mangroves. Learn more about how these trees benefit people and the environment in Florida and around the world.
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/habitats/mangroves.htm

Why Are Estuaries Important? Ecosystem Services

Two ecosystem services that estuaries provide are water filtration and habitat protection.
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/estuaries/
estuaries03_ecosystem.html


Features: Graphics/Multimedia

Wetlands

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest and most productive estuary in the United States. However, its productivity has declined sharply in recent years due to an increase in human population and damaging land use practices.
http://www.chesapeakebay.net/wetlds1.htm

Why Are Estuaries Important?

Estuaries are unique ecosystems. But what makes them so important?
http://www.epa.gov/owow/estuaries/kids/about/why.htm

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